Spending more hours at my desk this week, but still some time for reading…
For those of you who are new to this feature, the FF feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week. They are not meant to be a recommendation list. If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, you can look on my website.
This is not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.
Tamsin by Peter Beagle. Audiobook. Read by Peter Beagle. I’m still not precisely certain why all the material set in NYC couldn’t have been condensed to one chapter. That said, I found it smooth reading. The book really became a “don’t want to stop” once the setting shifted to Dorset, though. I loved both the conclusion of the plot and Jenny’s final conversation with a hedgehog. And Beagle was a very engaging reader – one who could make you forget that a man was reading a story narrated by a teenaged girl.
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Although smoothly, even richly written, with a well-designed setting (although one that held surprisingly few “oh, wows” for me), this book confirmed that, for me, great writing and cool premise can’t trump strong characters.
A Brother’s Cold Case by Dennis Herrick. I’m a sucker for mysteries where current events are rooted in past events.
Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audiobook. This time the runaway train seems to be in Miles’s own neurological system. I’m only just started, but I have a strong suspicion of what happened. Be fun to find out if I’m right!
After cleaning up lots of administrative stuff, I’m back to re-reading my own short fiction for the collection you folks requested. As I commented to Darynda Jones in our recent interview, I’ve discovered that, in the afterpieces, I’m writing about writing again…
Seems to be an addiction.